Category Archives: Nature

Sights and smells of the great outdoors.

Photo Challenges: Outdoors & Flower of the Day

Outdoors is the Jansen Photo Challenge this week and I couldn’t resist a second post.  And since it’s three flowers, it also works for Cee’s Flower of the Day (FOTD) Challenge.

Outdoors - Flower - Red red

Photo: TLClark, July 3, 2015, Pilgrim Heights Camp & Retreat Center, Iowa.

Outdoors - Flower - White

Photo: TLClark, July 3, 2015, Pilgrim Heights Camp & Retreat Center, Iowa.

Outdoors - Flower - Blue

Photo: TLClark, June 9, 2012, Missouri Botanical Garden, St. Louis, Iowa.

Great Blue Heron

A beautiful morning for a walk and for watching this great blue heron!  After startling him (her?) into flight when I got near the pond, I paused awhile to watch.

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Walking along the north bank of the pond.  Photo:  TLClark, 6/13/19.

When I wasn’t quite paying attention, he flew back to the south side of the pond to do a little fishing.

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Catching something small.  Photo: TLClark, 6/13/19.

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Posing.  Photo: TLClark, 6/13/19.

Crossing the pond again and this time I was ready!

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Great Blue Heron in Flight.  Photo: TLClark, 6/13/19.

After capturing a picture of the heron flying I continued my walk down the bike path.

On the way back I found him playing with his food … dropped the fish on the bank (behind where he’s pictured), picked it up, carried to the pond, rinsed it off, and finally swallowed it whole.  I wouldn’t have guessed there fish that big in the pond!

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Breakfast!  Photo: TLClark, 6/14/19.

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A Drink to Wash the Fish Down.  Photo: TLClark, 6/13/19.

Rather than repeat what others have written, click on the following links to read about this majestic bird:

Photo Challenge: All Lined Up

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Iowa Fields in Spring.  Photo: TLClark.  5/30/19.

It just makes me smile to see rows and rows of corn in the field.  Looking one direction, the rows are clear.  Move around the field 90 degrees and the rows disappear.  This photo is proof that at least a few farmers in Iowa have been able to plant this spring – before or between rain storms.

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Branch of Honeysuckle.  Photo: TLClark. 5/30/19.

The honeysuckle blossoms were the brightest things on my walk Thursday morning.  Only when I stopped to take Another LQQK did I realize they grow in a row on a branch.

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Honeysuckle Blooms.  Photo: TLClark.  5/30/19.

Saw a post for an “All Lined Up” photo challenge, I couldn’t resist joining the fun with pictures that had yet to make it into a blog post!

 

Late Spring Leaves

No lightening, no thunder, no dark clouds this morning.  So I went for a walk down the neighborhood bike trail, pausing to take pictures of late spring leaves.  I’m always a bit surprised by the colors and continue to be amazed at how new leaves unfold.

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Silver Maple.  Photo:  TLClark.  Woodland Reserve, Ankeny, Iowa.  5/30/19.

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Swamp While Oak.  Photo:  TLClark.  Woodland Reserve, Ankeny, Iowa.  5/30/19.

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Photo:  TLClark.  Woodland Reserve, Ankeny, Iowa.  5/30/19.

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Quaking Aspen.  Photo:  TLClark.  Woodland Reserve, Ankeny, Iowa.  5/30/19.

Weed?

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It was growing where it didn’t belong.  More accurately, it was growing where it wasn’t wanted and would never thrive in that narrow span of rocks between two driveways.

The ground was soft following the rain, so I pulled it.  And was surprised to get the full root system with the casing of the seed still attached.  No more than six inches long from the leaf tip to root end, it reminds me of the tenacity of life.

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Spring Leaves

A few more leaf pictures from Thursday’s morning walk.

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Photo: TLClark, 5/2/19.

So little!
So colorful!

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Photo: TLClark, 5/2/19.

Such strange flowers / seeds hanging below the leaves.

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Photo: TLClark, 5/2/19.

Such shapes!
Such texture!

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Photo: TLClark, 5/2/19.

Leaves and sky and water.

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Leaves over Woodland Reserve Pond, Ankeny, Iowa.  Photo: TLClark, 5/2/19.